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iPad Air rumors are blowing up ahead of next week's event...
We get slammed 24/7 with new Apple rumors. Some are accurate, most are not. To give you a clue about what’s really coming out of Cupertino in the future, we’re busting out our rumor debunker each week to blow up the nonsense.
The invites are out for Apple's event on October 16th with the rumormill yelling that new iPad Airs are on the way, but could Apple have a few other surprises in store? The return of colored iMacs has been suggested by one of Apple's top bloggers, while others are predicting an iPad that will run both OS X and iOS. Check out this week's servings of Apple rumors and see what our crystal ball is predicting for next week.
Goodbye mute switch
The Rumor: The iPad Air's mute switch will disappear next week.
The Verdict: I hope so. I use the mute switch all the time on my iPhone 6 Plus, but it never seems to get any use on the iPad, other than when I accidentally toggle it when flipping to landscape mode, and it gives Jony an excuse to shave an extra 0.5mm off the body, I'm sure he'll kill it quicker than he can pronounce aluminum.
iPad Air to get Retina HD?
The Rumor: iPad Air 2 will get a Retina HD screen to match iPhone 6 Plus?
The Verdict: The evidence in iOS 8.1 beta 2 looks convincing that Apple plans to increase the iPad's resolution sometime in the future. There haven't been any rumors of iPad display going Super Retina though, so don't get your hopes up that you'll see it next week.
iPad Air's 2GB of RAM spotted
The Rumor: The iPad Air's 2GB of RAM have been spotted in the wild.The Verdict: Sounds likely. Geekbar managed to get their hands on a number iPhone 6 parts before its announcement last month. Now they claim they've got a shot of the 2GB RAM chips destined for the iPad Air 2, and we're hoping it's legit because the iPad needs a performance boost to separate it from the 6 Plus.
Big iPad faces small delay
The Rumor: Production on Apple's 12-inch iPad has been delayed because of iPhone 6 Plus popularity.
The Verdict: We believe it. People are surprised how popular the 6 Plus has been, even though the phablet trend has been ready breakout for the last year.
Foxconn was originally only churning out one 6 Plus unit for every four iPhone 6 units it made, but that's surely changed by now. The 6 Plus is harder to make, but brings in more money. With the 12-inch iPad launch date not even revealed to the public yet, it would be stupid of Apple not to throw as many production resources as it can at its biggest money maker of 2014.
The OS X iPad
The Rumor: Apple's 12-inch iPad will run both OS X and iOS.
The Verdict: Not happening. Tim Cook has made fun of the Surface tablets plenty, likening them to the creation of a toaster-refrigerator hybrid. Swapping between operating systems on Mac is a pain. On a tablet it would still be a pain, and it wouldn't really solve anything. Plus, Apple would have to create a touch version of OS X.
The most likely scenario is that the 12-inch iPad runs a version of iOS 8 that has exclusive features like dual-window and other tools for the big screen that make it a better productivity machine than the tinier iPads.
The return of colorful Macs
The Rumor: Apple's keynote slogan points to the return of Mac hardware in a variety of colors.
The Verdict: Please Jobs, let John Gruber's wild prediction be true. It'd be awesome.
Apple's product lineup has gotten more colorful over the past few years with the addition of colored iPod Touches and the gold iPhone - which was 2013's surprise hit. Maybe Apple's clued in that consumers wouldn't mind color options other than brushed aluminum. Colorful Mac Pros or anodized iMacs would bring back some of Apple's iconic fashion and personalization from the old days, but what I want most is to see the resurrection of the Black MacBook.
It’s been one month since Apple blasted U2’s loud, proud, and totally free new album, Song of Innocence, onto every iTunes account in the world, and now the the complaints have died down, Eddie Cue has revealed how enormously successful the free album has been.
Over 81 million iTunes users have ‘experienced’ Song of Innocence Cue told Billboard, and further divulged that downloads of the album in its entirety have topped 26 million.
iPhone 6 buyers were slightly disappointed to learn that Apple’s newest smartphones only come with 1GB of RAM, but according to the Chinese site GeekBar, Apple is planning to beef up performance on the iPad Air by packing 2GB of RAM onto the new tablet.
The third-party Apple repair site posted a photo on Weibo of what it claims are the new 2GB RAM chips made by Japanese manufacturer, Elpida. Take a look at the chips below :
Bendgate was the Internet’s Meme of the Week at the beginning of October, so if you’re still banging your head to come up with a funny Halloween costume idea, why not poke fun at your own love for Apple and rollout in this DYI Bendgate costume?
The folks at Halloween Costume created this simple iPhone 6 costume you can make at home with just foam or cardboard paper. The display is slightly more forgiving in bend tests, but that might because they forgot to update their iPhone 6 to iOS 8.
If you’d rather go geeky than ghoulish this Halloween, here’s how to make your own Bendgate costume:
Popcorn Time’s popularity has taken off this year by bringing BitTorrent streaming into the mainstream with a lineup of apps that let users watch nearly any new blockbuster they want for free with just the tap of a finger.
We published a hack that brings the popular Netflix-alternative to iOS 8 users for the first time ever without a jailbreak, but before diving into an endless buffet of the world’s most popular movies and TV shows, you might be wondering just where this magical software came from, and most importantly: can it be trusted?
After being available to the public for more than seven months, many aspects of Popcorn Time are still a mystery – like who’s actually building it – but, here’s everything you need to know about the hot new torrenting service:
Apple’s plan to put sapphire glass in everything took a tumble this week when its exclusive supplier GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy, and according to Apple’s spokesman, they were just as shocked as all of us.
In a statement issued this morning to Reuters, the Apple spokesman Chris Gaither said the company was ‘surprised’ by GT’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but they haven’t given up on its AZ plant yet.
Apple is expected to announce its new iPad lineup at an event next week, but manufacturers in Vietnam have leaked a hands-ons on video of a high-quality iPad Air 2 dummy unit, that reveals all the subtle design tweaks coming to the world’s most popular tablet.
One of the biggest changes is addition of Touch ID as well as the disappearance of the the mute-switch, which has been completely removed from the left side of the iPad Air 2, while the volume buttons are a bit more recessed.
Check out the hands-on video below to see some of the other changes:
Apple has seeded a second Gold Master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers this afternoon, following the release of iOS 8.1 beta 2 earlier this morning.
OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 2 is now available in the Mac Dev Center and the Mac App Store to members of Apple’s developer program. Xcode 6.1 GM seed 2 was also released this morning, along with an Apple TV Software beta update.
If you’ve always wanted to own a dilapidated bungalow on Detroit’s East Side, but all you have is an iPhone 6, today is your lucky day: A Motor City homeowner is so desperate to get rid of his house that he’ll trade it to you for an iPhone 6.
Just about everything in the brick colonial listed for sale needs to be demolished, but the house does feature a basement, garden and city views from the second-floor balcony. The seller of the house lives overseas, and after failing to sell the home for months, he’d gladly accept the greatest smartphone on Earth as payment for his nearly worthless property.
Take a look of the 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath residence below:
Facebook has drawn criticism for its mandated use of real names on its social network, but to satisfy demands of anonymity – and take on Snapchat – the New York Times reports that the company plans to release a stand-alone app that lets you chat without using your real name.